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Customs bars journalists from CG’s Kano visit

Journalistic reportage suffered
set back in Kano Wednesday, when members of the Fourth Estate of the realm were
barred by Customs from covering the visit of its Comptroller General of the
service, Colonel Hameed Ali.

The visit of Comptroller General,
Col. Hameed Ali who was represented by the Deputy Comptroller General, John
Atte to the commercial nerve centre of the north where he was expected to meet
with Stakeholders was shrouded in secrecy by the service which brought about
suspicion in the media circle.
Reporters who stormed the Kano
office of the Customs and Exercise located along Club Road were humiliated by
the tall order allegedly handed down by its spokesperson, Duru Emmanuel
Okechukwu that prevented them access to the heavily fortified office at Bompai
GRA.
Stern looking officers at the gate
were not ready for a tea party as attempt by Reporters to gain access were
contained by the heavily armed guards who successfully bundled no fewer than
four Journalists that played a smart game.
“We are under strict instructions
to keep intruders away, and I’m afraid Reporters are not welcome for this
event. “, an Inspector explained.
Kano came under spotlight recently
following a high profile seizures by the service from Chinese businessmen that
was discretely released weeks after.
A textile merchant at Kanti Kwori
market, Alhaji Isa Gara told reporters that ” there are lot of dirty deal in
this Kano zonal office and it is not tactical to allow critical press into it.”
In a swift reaction, Chairman of
the Correspondent chapel, Mr Edwin Olofu transmitted a protest letter to Deputy
Comptroller, Kano zone over the ill treatment.

 Olofu demanded the service to investigate the
unfortunate incident to forestall re-occurrence.

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